Barstow and FT Irwin
- I spent Wednesday - Friday in Barstow, Ft. Irwin, and Yermo on business.
Best bird was a WESTERN TANAGER at the Mountain View Memorial Park in
Barstow, where I also found that there is a regular morning visit from a
coopers hawk that "showers" in the sprinklers (and is not especially shy - I
was parked only 25' from it), good numbers of horned larks, killdeer, and
brewers blackbirds, black chinned hummingbirds, and I glimpsed what might
have been a pair of mountain chickadees.
In the Mohave River bed on the east side of Barstow I found large numbers of
gambels quail, and I was told by a resident that chukar can be found there
as well. There is a small park, the park farthest east on the Barstow map,
and there was also a loggerhead shrike in the basin SE of the park.
On FT Irwin I found sage sparrows, and on FT Irwin Road just about 5 miles
north of Barstow a night hawk flew over. Also in Barstow near the railroad
cut on N. 1st Street west of town, a prairie falcon flew over, harrassed by
At Yermo, there is a grassy wooded area just to the right as you enter the
USMC Annex (rail site), and there I found a western kingbird and a kestrel.
I will be back in October, hopefully I will have time to look for chukars on
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